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Winkton

Military site : airfield

Prepared as an RAF Advanced Landing Ground in 1943, the land was released for grazing before it was again selected for aircraft use, and improved for the Ninth Air Force in 1944. Used briefly by the 404th Fighter Group, it was then abandoned, dismantled and returned to agriculture in 1945.

Service

People

  • William Abraham

    Military | Captain | fighter pilot | 404th Fighter Group

  • William Frost

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Assigned to 506FS, 404FG, 8AF USAAF. "During an early familiarisation flight with a fully loaded P47C [41-6529], 1st Lt William Frost had to carry out an emergency return to the airfield, having notified the field controller that he had a fuel leak and...

  • Edward James

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Lt. James joined the air corps on Oct. 16, 1941 as a private, was called up from college in June of 1943 for flight training, graduating with class 44A/Craig Field in Dec. '43., arrived in the ETO on May 16,1944, assigned to the 404th FG July 1, 1944....

  • Charles Koerner

    Military | First Lieutenant | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    1st Lt Koerner flew with the 404th Fighter Group of the 9th Air Force. He flew 86 missions over France, Belgium and Germany. Most, even on D-Day, involved in ground attacks against German armored, mechanized, and infantry forces in his P-47D...

  • Elton Long

    Military | Captain | Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Credited with 100 combat missions ...

  • Kemal Saied

    Military | First Lieutenant | Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Kemal flew 62 combat missions in the ETO with the 404th Fighter Group. After the war he opened clothing stores in his native Oklahoma. Both of his parents had emigrated (separately) from Lebanon near the turn of the century. ...

  • Harold Shook

    Military | Colonel | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Hal began to realize his childhood dream of flying when, on his 21st birthday, he entered flight training for the Army Air Corp. He graduated just days after Pearl Harbor and remained in the states as an instructor pilot, further sharpening his flying...

  • Ernest Tibbets

    Military | Major | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Ernest Tibbets served as a pilot with the 404th Fighter Group. He was Killed in Action on 8 December 1944. See Missing Air Crew Report (MACR) 10830. Silver Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Air Medal with 16 Oak Leaf Clusters.

  • Edwin Wright

    Military | Captain | Fighter Pilot | 404th Fighter Group
    Edwin Wright flew 88 missions in P-47 Thunderbolts over Europe during WWII. He left the Army in 1946 after the war and was again called up for the Korean Conflict in 1950. He retired from the US Air Force as a Major.

Aircraft

  • 42-7884 'Reggie's Reply' / 'Lucky' 'Donnie Boy'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    P-47D Thunderbolt 42-7884, was 2nd Lt John Godfrey's first 'REGGIE'S REPLY', which he inherited from his future flight leader 1st Lt. Don Gentile. ...

  • 42-7959

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 336FS, 4FG, 8AF USAAF. One-time personal aircraft of Capt James A Goodson. ...

  • 41-6529 'Hi! R.P.M.'/'Eager Beaver/Miss Beth'

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    This P-47C Thunderbolt was the one-time mount of Captain Ervin 'Dusty' Miller. It's nose art, 'Hi! R.P.M.', commemorated the birth of his son, Robert Paul Miller. ...

  • 42-25704 My Mozelle, My Lady June

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 404th FG, 508th FS on May1,1944 as "7J-E", as the personal mount of then Capt. "Tibbo" Tibbets, "A" flight leader for the 508th FS. Reassigned Dec.6,1944 as "7J-Z" when assigned as the personal mount of 1St. Lt. Edward M. James. This ship...

  • 42-28794

    P-47 Thunderbolt
    Assigned to 506FS, 404FG, 9AF USAAF.

Revisions

Date Contributor Update
27 September 2014 18:02:18 AAM AAM ingest
Sources

Barry Anderson, Army Air Forces Stations (Alabama, 1985) / Chris Ashworth, Action Stations 5: Military Airfields of the South-West (Cambridge, 1982)

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